The Inspector
Composer: John Musto
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the 15 plus operas he has written, his most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer for Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS' Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark's other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Shining.

Campbell has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship and the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.

Campbell also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatrer, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop and Opera Philadelphia's Composer in Residence program.

He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral Enterprise of Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera.
Other Artistic Personnel: Glen Cortese (conductor)
Leon Major (director)
Erhard Rom (scenic design)
David O. Roberts (costume design)
Robert H. Grimes (lighting design)
Original Cast: Robert Orth (Mayor Fazzobaldi)
Luretta Bybee (Sarelda, the Mayor’s wife)
Anne-Carolyn Bird (Beatrice, their daughter)
Vale Rideout (Tancredi, mistaken for the inspector)
William Sharp (Cosimo, Tancredi’s traveling companion)
Dorothy Byrne (Malacorpa, Director of Hospital & Cemetery Services)
Angela Mannino (Agrippa, Director of Education Managementation)
Javier Abreu (Padre Ruffiano, Director of Salvation Resources)
Matt Boehler (Adolfo, Director of Order)
Andrea Shokery (Bobachina, one of the Post Office twins)
Sarah Larsen (Bobachino, one of the Post Office twins)
Premiere Date: April 27, 2011
Producing Company: Wolf Trap Opera Company
Description: This opera is a comedy based on The Government Inspector by Russian playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol.
Character List (Major): Mayor Fazzobaldi  (baritone)
Sarelda, the Mayor’s wife (mezzo-soprano)
Beatrice, their daughter (soprano)
Tancredi, mistaken for the inspector (tenor)
Cosimo, Tancredi’s traveling companion (baritone)
Malacorpa, Director of Hospital & Cemetery Services (mezzo-soprano)
Agrippa, Director of Education Managementation (soprano)
Padre Ruffiano, Director of Salvation Resources (tenor)
Adolfo, Director of Order (bass)
Bobachina, one of the Post Office twins (soprano)
Bobachino, one of the Post Office twins (mezzo-soprano)
Comments: The production, The Inspector, was developed through workshops at Wolf Trap’s Center for Education and with support from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, OPERA America’s Opera Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Inspector was commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Contact: Peermusic Classical
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The Inspector (Musto)
Friday, April 20, 2012 - Boston Lyric Opera
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